From Agra to Istanbul: Islamic Art and Architecture in the Early Modern Era
Cross-list: AMES 229, RELIGION 229
MW 10:15am-11:30am Smith Warehouse Bay 10 A266
Attributes: ALP, CZ CCI
From glittering gold domes to vibrantly colored illuminated manuscripts, this course examines Islamic art and architecture from the Indian subcontinent to the eastern Mediterranean from the fifteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. This period corresponds to the rise of major Islamic empires, most notably the Mughals, Safavids, and Ottomans, whose capital cities became booming centers of art and architecture. This class will explore the artistic production of these empires and consider the rich cross-cultural connections between them, as well as their relationships with the artistic traditions of both Europe and East Asia. Over the course of the semester, students will gain a foundational understanding of Islamic art in the early modern era, as well as insight into the languages, cultures, and political history of the Islamic world.